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[audio]Podcast 8.1 Predecessors of Satan from Mesopotamia - Philip A. Harland
This series of the podcast investigates the origins, history and functions of personified evil from ancient Judean and Christian culture to modern, Western culture.  We begin with what you might call the pre-history of Satan by exploring the building blocks of what ultimately became the story of Satan within Judean (Jewish) and Christian circles.  The first among the predecessors of Satan are monsters (who are also gods) found within Mesopotamian mythology in the second and first millenia BCE...
Keywords: religion; ancient judaism; mesopotamia; israelite; combat myth; satan; devil; evil personified; early christianity; enuma elish; ninurta; anzu; marduk; tiamat; leviathan
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[audio]Podcast 7.2: Origins part 1 - Ancient Near Eastern Combat Myths - Philip A. Harland
Here I go back to the earliest Mesopotamian mythologies (starting about 3000 BCE) about the gods in order to trace a recurring pattern -- labeled the "combat myth" by scholars -- that later came to play a role in Judean (Jewish) apocalypticism. In particular I explore stories about a chaotic god or monster threatening the order of the universe and a young god's success in slaying the monster to restore order.
Keywords: apocalypticism; apocalyptic; armageddon; ancient judaism; early christianity; end of the world; millenialism; millenarian; mesopotamia; combat myth; ninurta; anzu; baal; yamm; yahweh; leviathan; behemoth; rahab
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